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May 26, 2017

When I was in second grade, my teacher, knowing that I loved to draw, asked me if I would be willing to draw a Pinocchio on a large sheet of paper for a bulletin board. I was honored and excited for an opportunity to really show what I could do. I said I'd bring some r...

May 10, 2017

In a previous blog post, I mentioned the phrase "illustration heroes." I felt a little silly typing the word hero, thinking of Hercules or Superman. The imagery felt a little juvenile. My "heroes" sit at a desk all day with back pain and carpal tunnel. But I'm a Super...

February 23, 2017

I've had this book for more than 25 years. I've read every. single. page of it. It was a christmas gift from my parents when I was in middle school. I poured over it as a teenager. Some chapters I've read many times over the years. I've stared at and studied the images...

February 9, 2017

Every time I attend a local scbwi meeting, I want to ask the other illustrators what they listen to as they work, or who their illustration heroes are. I love comparing notes on things like that. I think it gives you a fun glimpse into who that person is. Alas, there n...

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